Board Members

Debra Hansen, Board President

As the WSU Stevens County Extension director Debra’s primary program responsibility is Community and Economic Development. Since 2006, she has been overseeing education programming designed to meet needs identified by constituents, and helps them create sustainable, vital communities. Her local economic development activities include partnering with Tri County Economic Development to implement the USDA-RD Strengthening Economies Together program, Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program and managing a county-wide Broadband Action Team (BAT) for increased access, awareness, and adoption. She has 18 years of prior experience in graphic design, communications, public relations, and marketing.

Dr. Michele Le Doux Sakurai, Interim Executive Director

Michele manages Mission/Community Benefit/Pastoral Care/Ethics for Providence Health Care Stevens County. She holds a Doctorate of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Theology from University of Portland, a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Oregon State University, was a post-graduate fellow (with an emphasis in Mission) for Trinity Health Care, is CAP (Change Acceleration Process) trained, received LEAN training as part of her “Foundations of Leadership” training with Trinity, and has been nationally certified as a chaplain for over 20 years. As past chair, she manages policies, monitors the budget and acts as the Board liaison to the general members and co-facilitates the monthly member meetings.

Lloyd Ward, Board Treasurer

Lloyd retired to Colville, Washington in 1993 from a military career. Since then he has served as a school counselor, director of The Center – A Place for Youth in Colville and established and directed a federally funded runaway and homeless youth program, YOUTH.COM, for 9 years. He continues to be active in programs to help the needy in the area, including the Providence Hunger Coalition as treasurer, Member Advisory Council for Spokane 2nd Harvest Food Bank, and as an officer with the North Stevens County Ministerial Association. Since 2004 he has managed Pinecrest Manor, an apartment complex for elderly and disabled in Deer Park, WA. Lloyd is the Executive Director of Bethel Christian Life Center which runs five youth centers in Colville, Addy, Deer Park, Kettle Falls and Northport.

Pam Borders, Board Secretary

Pam is an employee of Providence Mount Carmel Hospital managing all of the hospital’s outside vendor contracts and is assistant to program staff. She has a background with food access; she developed the first Wednesday Farmer’s Market in Colville, Washington. Pam manages the minutes of the Hunger Coalition meeting as well as creates flyers and communications for Hunger Coalition initiatives.

Board Members:

Ron Rehn, Executive Director of Mount Carmel and St. Joseph’s Providence Hospitals

Greg Knight, Executive Director of Rural Resources Community Action (RRCA)

Mary Selecky, Providence Health Care Rural Advisory Chair

Susan Urhausen, Retired Kettle Falls Food Bank Manager

Ella Peone, Northport Food Bank Manager

Ann Fackenthall, Tum Tum Food Bank and Lake Spokane Alliance

Michele Loftis, Colville Food Bank Manager

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Our Hunger Coalition Hall of Fame

People who have been here before to get us where we are right now.

Bob Esvelt [in memory], Bob was raised near Daisy, Washington on a dairy farm and has returned and has lived in the Rice-Daisy area since 1980 after 9 years in higher education. He has a B.S. degree in Zoology in 1975 from Washington State University and earned a PhD in Biochemistry in December 1979 after researching Vitamin D metabolism and physiological function. Bob served as President of the Board of Directors for the Kettle Falls Food Bank for the past three years. He has been active in the Democratic Party for over 20 years serving as Stevens County Chair, State Committeeman and 5th congressional district representative to the Washington State Democratic Committee Executive Board. Bob was a farmer for the past 30 years and has many connections and partnerships with local farmers.

Robert Campbell, had the initial vision of starting the Hunger Coalition. He was troubled by poverty related hunger showing up as health issues in the health care systems and founded the Providence N.E.W. Hunger Coalition along with Michele Sakurai in September, 2011. Bob retired as Chief Executive for Providence Health Care Stevens County, working in health care administration for over 30 years.

Gael Treesiwin, was one of the catalysts that had a passion to mobilize this group of food banks that had not yet begun to work together. Her skills in grant writing and capacity building for nonprofit organizations has helped every food bank learn new skills and find new money. She provided organizational development, fund development, facilitation of a written 3-year Strategic Action Plan and co-facilitation of Hunger Coalition monthly member meetings.

Lindsey Edmunds, was our first AmeriCorps VISTA Gleaning Coordinator for with the Harvest Against Hunger Project. Lindsey had the grace and style to start a new program that introduced the local farmers to ways they could sell their produce and glean the excess with our assistance.

Matt Morse, the second AmeriCorps VISTA Gleaning Coordinator for with the Harvest Against Hunger Project. Matt was able to add some systems work into our gleaning and Farm to Food Pantry program. He also helped build the first “Cool Pup” trailer to move small amounts of food throughout our region.

Cliff and Sarah Nelson, served as founding board members. They were both very involved on the Board and in management of the Loon Lake Food Pantry and Resource Center.